Matthew 3:1-8 NIV

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea

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2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

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3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”a

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4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

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5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.
6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

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      7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

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      8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

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